Vegan Carbonara Sauce Powder
Make a super quick meal with this vegan carbonara sauce powder! What is carbonara? It is a classic Italian pasta sauce that is made from eggs, cheese, olive oil, and usually onions, garlic, and black pepper. It is served with a smoky meat (often pancetta or bacon). Definitely not vegan! But no worries, now you can have your carbonara vegan style!!
This powder is made from ground cashews, tapioca starch, and the perfect combination of spices and flavoring to get a slightly eggy and cheesy flavor, with a good sprinkle of black pepper.
Since carbonara is traditionally made from eggs, we really wanted to incorporate a slightly egg flavor. Enter black salt!! Black salt has a smell and taste that is so similar to eggs. So just a touch of that adds the perfect amount of eggy flavor to this carbonara!
Cashews and tapioca combine to make a perfect creamy and cheesy consistency to this sauce. The cashews are blended with the other ingredients so that they are finely ground. All you have to do is add water (and olive oil if desired for a more authentic sauce)!
How to Cook: there are 2 ways of cooking this
- Easy - mix contents with 450ml water and 1-2 Tablespoons of oil or vegan butter if desired. Cook over medium heat until it thickens and comes to a boil. If it is too thick, add more water. For a lower fat sauce, use extra water and NO oil.
- Extra Creamy (recommended!) - in a blender, add contents with 450ml water and 1-2 Tablespoons of oil or vegan butter. Blend for about 30 seconds to a minute. Pour into a small pan and cook over medium heat until it thickens and comes to a boil. If too thick, add a little water. For a lower fat sauce, use extra water and NO oil.
We recommend making the extra creamy sauce, but honestly even doing it the easy way makes a creamy sauce and when you are eating it on pasta you almost can’t tell the difference. The extra creamy sauce will be thicker than the easy sauce, so you may need to add a little extra water after cooking. After cooking, taste and add more salt/pepper if desired. Adding oil/butter is optional as it is plenty flavorful and creamy as it is. But the oil does give it more richness, so try it both ways and see which you prefer.
How to Serve:
Carbonara is traditionally served with spaghetti noodles, and a smoky meat such as pancetta or bacon. I suggest chopping up some of our smoky pepper roast and sautéing it until crispy. Mix your sauce with the spaghetti and add your smoky pepper roast on top. Serve with a salad or add green peas to the pasta. Add some of our grated vegan parmesan or hard parmesan on top!!
OR use the dry powder as a cheesy sprinkle on popcorn, pasta, veggies, salad, etc.!
This sauce is also great on veggie burgers, roasted veggies, steamed broccoli, mixed into pasta/rice/chickpeas/veggie for a casserole, and more!
Kids love this as a white Mac and cheese as well. Simply cook 250g of pasta (or more for less saucy). Prepare the sauce and mix together with the pasta. Add any veggies/protein as desired.
One pack has approximately 95g, enough to make 2 1/2 cups of sauce! This is enough for 250-500g of pasta, depending on how saucy you want it.
Cashews, nutritional yeast, tapioca starch, onion powder, himalayan salt, vegan lactic acid, garlic powder, dry mustard, black salt, black pepper